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Liverpool – 26 January, 2015 – The Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2014 has confirmed the University of Liverpool's reputation for internationally outstanding research, with the Department of Computer Science rated first in the UK for combined 4* (world-leading) and 3* (internationally excellent research).

The REF results show that 97% of the Department’s research has been rated as 4* or 3* in terms of originality, significance and rigour – the highest proportion for a Computer Science department in the UK.

Professor Frans Coenen, University of Liverpool Department of Computer Science Deputy Head described it as “an excellent result”. “It means that the quality of the Department’s international research activity continues to be rated as world leading. This feeds into our taught provision,” he said. Prof Coenen is Director of Studies for the University’s online IT programmes which include the world’s first fully online masters degree programmes to be awarded accreditation by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

A total of 89 UK universities were assessed on their research quality in Computer Science and Informatics.

The REF is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. It replaces the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), last conducted in 2008.

The 2014 REF was carried out jointly by four UK higher education funding bodies – the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland (DEL) – as a basis for their research funding.

For more, see University of Liverpool Department of Computer Science REF 2014 or go directly to the REF 2014 results. Read about the fully online IT programmes here.

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